Stans Superstore, the only one-store outfit in The Grocer's Top 50 ranking of independent grocery retailers, has finally secured a second store following lengthy negotiations.

The Shropshire-based ­independent supermarket secured a site, in Llangollen, Clwyd, in October 2009, but less than a month later it emerged a developer was pushing for a new supermarket in the town, which would be in direct competition with Stans.

Stans has since held negotiations with the owners of the site a disused car showroom and filling station and a new offer has now been accepted.

"A verbal agreement has been reached and we're in the process of signing it all up with the solicitors," ­confirmed director Andrew Faulks.

Stans Superstore is listed at number 47 on The Grocer's Top 50, with sales of £16m, down 7% in the past year.